Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya smashed the World record* in the 10Km at the ABN AMRO Singelloop in Utrecht, The Netherlands, today (26).
The 22-year-old clocked a jaw-dropping 26:44 over the 10 kilometre course to knock a massive 17 seconds from the previous mark of 27:01 set by his compatriot Micah Kogo in Brunssum, the Netherlands, on 29 March 2009.
Last year Komon clocked 27:10 in Utrecht to occupy the No. 5 position over the distance all-time and vowed to return this year to challenge not only the World record, but the 27-minute barrier as well.
Fast from the outset, Komon, the 2008 World Cross Country silver medallist, covered the first kilometre in 2:36 and reached the first five kilometres in 13:19 (unofficial).
Kenyan Sammy Kitwara was a distant second, clocking 27:11.
More details to follow as they become available.
Leading results -
1. Leonard Komon, KEN 26:44
2. Sammy Kitwara, KEN 27:11
3. Bonface Kiriu, KEN 28:08
4. John Mwangangi, KEN 28:10
5. Ezekiel Chebii, KEN 28:34
6. Clint Perret, AUS 28:58
7. Taha Belkorchi, MAR 29:16
* pending the usual ratification procedures